Immigrants face bond to enter U.K.

AFP-JIJI

Britain is planning to force visitors from India, Pakistan, Nigeria and other countries whose nationals are deemed to pose a “high risk” of immigration abuse to provide a cash bond before they can enter the country, a report said Sunday.

The Sunday Times newspaper said that from November, a pilot program will target visitors from those three countries as well as Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Ghana.

Visitors age 18 and over would be forced to hand over £3,000 ($4,600) from November for a six-month visit visa. They will forfeit the money if they overstay in Britain after their visa has expired.

Initially the program will target hundreds of visitors, but the plan is to extend it to several thousand, according to the paper’s front-page report.